Legal Positions and Institutional Complementarities

Revista de Economia Institucional, Vol. 5, No. 9, 2003

40 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2005

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Ugo Pagano

University of Siena - Department of Economics

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Legal positions (such as rights, duties, liberties, powers, liabilities and immunities) are linked together by strong institutional complementarities that differ from the usual institutional complementarities that have been recently considered in economic literature. Legal positions not only satisfy the usual conditions of institutional complementarity stemming from the fact that legal positions that fit together are marginally better than those that do not. They also define legal equilibria characterized by the social scarcity constraint that is typical of positional goods.

Keywords: legal positions, institutional complementarities, contracts, property law, industrial organization, capitalist systems

JEL Classification: J41, J50, K11, K12, K22, K31, L20, P10

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Pagano, Ugo, Legal Positions and Institutional Complementarities. Revista de Economia Institucional, Vol. 5, No. 9, 2003, Available at SSRN:

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